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Chiangmai Chinatown
With all the Chinatowns that we've been to around East Asia, we still found ourselves heading to the one in Chiangmai. Well, that's another one to tick off the list. Chiangmai Chinatown had Chinatown-style gates but to be honest, I'm not sure how Chinese it really was. But at the same time, sometimes in a foreign country, nothing beats walking around a place like your own hood.


Alot of the stuff we saw for sale at the Chiangmai Chinatown seemed generic to any culture or just seemed Thai. Having said that, I don't believe I could tell much difference anyway. I need a big red sign board over every pile of stock to understand whether it was Chinese stuff or not.

Chiangmai Hill Tribes Shop
One of the tourist attractions of Chiangmai is to visit a hill tribe outside of the town, either on a day tour or a home stay. There, you can apparently see the long-necked women, the ones who have metal rings around their necks. We didn't go, but we did come across this shop on (I think) Tha Phae Road.


I didn't know what it was called, thanks to all the greenery outside, but we did know that it was a shop selling handicrafts by people from hill tribe villages. From what we understand, these handicrafts are sold in places throughout Chiangmai anyway, but with its rabbit warren-like layout and walls and ceilings stuffed with thousands of items, I found this place intriguing.

Chang Klan Road Night Shopping in Chiangmai
On our first night in Chiangmai, we were able to walk a short distance from our hotel Portico 21, to the daily night market area located along Chang Klan Road. It was convenient to have such a variety of shopping and eating close by.


Chang Klan Road itself is lined with stalls on each side that stretch as far as commercially viable. That is, within short proximity to either one of the market areas that take up parts of the street. On one end, there is the Chiangmai Night Bazaar (which has several floors) and across the road, the Kalare Night Bazaar, both of which are indoor and therefore covered.

Cambodian Two Wheeled Transport
Like their Vietnamese neighbours, the Cambodians use their wheels to carry all sorts of stuff. Ok, well, the ones that I snapped didn't always use two wheels, but sometimes four. I suspect it will take a few days of staring before I finally stop finding these transporters to be compelling viewing. I mean, look at all these bananas!


Baked Tarantulas and the Siem Reap Old Market
Linh and I checked out the Old Market (and also the New Market nearby) in Siem Reap a few times but did it with little enthusiasm since we had already seen "enough" in a multitude of markets in Bangkok the previous week. Still, on a different occasion it would be a lovely place to pick up some souvenirs - silk, clothes, textiles, statues and other craft curios. Some bright, bamboo-packaged spices caught my eye.


There's an area of the market for food stuff too and Linh went in search of some fruit whilst I wandered around.

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